Even as Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal is in Amritsar for the last two days, attending sangat darshans in various areas and watching plays, he is yet to visit the ailing 25 eye patients affected by the botched-up eye surgeries, who are admitted into the medical college and hospital here.
Most of the patients, who have lost vision after surgeries organised by an NGO last month, have been undergoing treatment here for the past eight days and a number of politicians have already visited them. However, Badal has not found time to enquite after them as yet.
Congress MLA and vice-chairman of the National Commission for SC/ST, Raj Kumar Verka, who visited the hospital on Thursday slammed Badal over the issue. "The chief minister is in the city for the past two days but he has not got time to meet the victims of such a big tragedy."
He added, "The chief minister must see this as a priority and meet the patients. This will definitely boost the morale of the patients".
Verka, who met the patients and promised to give a `5 lakh grant to the Amritsar deputy commissioner for the assistance of the patients, said, "Some staff members have told us that the government is arranging food only once a day for these patients while the second meal an NGO is contributing. Even tea is regularly needed by patients as it is getting cold. I will give `5 lakh from my grant so that patients are looked after well."
The Congress leader also slammed the government for spending crores of rupees on kabaddi matches and its opening ceremony.
He said that he has learnt that the patients who were promised a grant of `1 lakh each by the Punjab government are yet to receive it.